WE were able to turn around a poor mental and physical performance from the second semi-final to win the WAFL preliminary final against East Perth.
That took great character from the players and belief that our structures are good enough to earn us a place in the grand final against Subiaco at Subiaco Oval on Sunday.
But while we were good last week, we’re going to need to be even better to win the flag over Subiaco. Obviously, we’ll need major improvement from our 55-point loss to them just under two weeks ago.
We did not do anything well in that game. The match was played on their terms after quarter-time, which was really difficult to counter.
The side that wins the grand final will be the one with the superior forward pressure, keeping the ball locked in the attacking half.
Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be missing Matthew Johnson and Laine Rasmussen after they were injured in last week’s game.
Johnson is definitely out with a hamstring injury and there is next to no chance Rasmussen’s ankle ailment will be fit.
But he is holding on to a glimmer of hope that he may be available and we’ll give him every opportunity to recover.
Ray Bartholomew will come in to replace one of them after missing the preliminary final.
But we are yet to decide the second replacement. The realistic chances are Jordan Jones, Corey Chalmers, Luke Meadows and Blake Wilhelm.
It’s been a low-key week at the club with short and sharp training sessions.
We had our main run last night ahead of what will be an exciting few days.